Jason Garstecki – Founder/President
(847) 921-0760 – Cell

Skate with Santa

2nd Annual Skate with Santa and support our US Military Veterans and their families this Holiday Season!

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (November 29, 2023) – Operation Healing Heroes Foundation (Nonprofit) will host the Second Annual “Fighting for Freedom from Post-Traumatic Stress – Skate with Santa and Charity Hockey Game” taking place at the Coon Rapids Ice Center – 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433 on Sunday, December 10th from 10:30am – 3:00pm.

The event will include a “Public Skate with Santa” on BOTH the indoor and the outdoor rinks, along with a FUN hockey game featuring retired NHL Legends, US Military Veteran Hockey Players and the Minnesota Blue Ox Junior A Hockey Team. The event is intended to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress with our veterans and their family members.

Tickets are $15.00/Person and limited to 700 people. You can buy tickets online using this link: or at the door the day of the event (ONLY if tickets are still available!)
During the event, we will be honoring a LOCAL WWII Veteran – Don Halverson (100 Years young!!) – He will be dropping the “ceremonial first puck”. Our “keynote speaker” will be US Military Veteran – Bill Hayes – who is ALSO a 9/11 FDNY Ground Zero Firefighter – who was a first responder on 9/11/2001 and spent 48 hours “on the pile” – with his family thinking he perished that day…

Bill also played goalie for the FDNY hockey team and will have his 9/11 fire helmet, along with his FDNY painted goalie mask on display!

We will have local Coon Rapids Youth Hockey players taking the ice during intermission, and several silent auction items – including autographed jerseys – signed by the retired NHL Legends, US Military Hockey players & the Minnesota Blue Ox who participate in the game!

The day will conclude with raffles, prizes and free gifts from Santa!

Here is a link to last year’s highlight reel:

“It’s an event that will be FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY – all while supporting our local Military Veterans and their families” – Founder/President – Jay Garstecki

Link to 2023 Fighting for Freedom from Post-Traumatic Stress Charity Hockey Game Media Deck:

About Operation Healing Heroes Foundation
Operation Healing Heroes Foundation is a registered 501C3 nonprofit organization TV show that documents the lives of our US Military Veterans – one story at a time. The TV show can be seen on Discovery Chennel on Sunday mornings. The NEW Season 8 will begin airing on Discovery Channel – Sunday, January 28th at 7:30am EST. In addition, Operation Healing Heroes Foundation provides the FUNDING for veterans and their family members to receive treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress.


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